I explain in the above video about how I’m writing a book with ChatGPT. The book is about unleashing man’s creative potential. I also talk a bit about the book and ask/beg for feedback from you guys.
I’m guess you have heard of Artificial Intelligence? In fact, AI has dominated my work in my business over the last few months. It’s almost dominating every conversation I have with friends and other entrepreneurs.
It’s game changing. In fact, Nvidia chief Jensen Huang said recently that AI is creating a “new computing era”. I believe it’s only a matter of time before we will see some amazing breakthroughs that will have significant impact on our day-to-day lives.
It reminds me very much of the birth or the Internet or of Web 2.0. I can feel as though something very important is happening, although I’m not sure what the ramifications will be.
But, I want to concentrate on the positive side of Artificial Intelligence. At the moment, Artificial Intelligence is inspiring me rather than worrying me.
How I’m writing a non-fiction book with ChatGPT
Two weeks ago, I thought it would be a great idea to write a new non-fiction book with ChatGPT. I’m inspired by the ways that Artificial Intelligence can augment and enhance human creativity.
As I’ve said, I’ve already written 8 non-fiction books, so I understand the creative process behind writing a short non-fiction book. It goes like this:
- Idea. What the book is about or the book’s title. ChatGPT helped me with this.
- Plan. The structure of chapters and subheadings. ChatGPT helped me with this.
- Research. Get all the facts and figures to hand. ChatGPT helped me with this and I checked and looked up things on Google.
- Write. I’m doing this myself. It’s a bad idea to copy and paste AI created text “as is”. Amazon will have AI powered bots to see if your text is either AI created or plagiarised.
- Edit. I will do this, probably. You can use tools such as Grammarly and Quillbot.
- Format. I will get someone to do the Kindle. I’ll do the paperback myself. I’ll maybe get the AI powered voiceover website ElevenLabs to do the audiobook in my voice, but I’ll check if Amazon is OK with this first.
I’ll let you know how I get on with the subsequent stages of writing this book.
But for now I’ll tell you how I did the Idea, Planning, Researching and Writing stages. But, first of all I must say that I’m using the free version of ChatGPT, not ChatGPT Plus.
Getting ChatGPT to come up with an idea for a book
By now I know better than to ask ChatGPT for “a great idea for a book” because that’s too general. If you’re new to all this maybe you could check out my last post about writing better prompts for ChatGPT.
I couldn’t think of any subjects I wanted to write about. And I knew I had to be specific as possible. And I knew I had to write about something I knew about. Remember, write about what you know! So, I specified the audience to be Gen X men, because, you guessed it, I’m a Gen X man! So, here’s the prompt:
Can you think of some ideas of non-fiction book subjects that would appeal to Gen X men in the US and Europe? The non-fiction book will be in the English language, 25,000 words, in paperback, Kindle and audiobook formats sold on Amazon. Please don't think of hugely popular ideas, ideas that would be quite small niche, maybe selling a few copies everyday?
I wasn’t interested in the first two suggestions you can see in the screenshot above. But, I got three ideas of books I could write with this one prompt! But one jumped out of my computer screen at me:
“Unlocking Your Creative Potential: Gen X Men’s Guide to Expressive Arts” – Encouraging Gen X men to explore their creative side through various art forms such as writing, painting, photography, or music, and highlighting the benefits of self-expression.
Boooom! That’s the one, I thought. I love creativity, I’m creative! I think being creative makes you happier.
But, will it sell? I headed over to Amazon to try to find a keyword. I think keywords like “man’s creative potential”, “boost creativity, and “increase creativity” are all keywords that have a small demand but where I could compete, with a bit of luck.
Getting ChatGPT to the plan for a book
This is quite simple. I started a new chat with ChatGPT, gave a description of the book, specified the target audience and how it will to be sold. And then I asked for content ideas. And then I asked for a skeleton plan for the book.
I then used ChatGPT’s ideas and re-worked them into my ideas and drew up a new plan. I did this the old-fashioned way. By scribbling ideas down in an exercise book.
The longer and more detailed the plan the better. Eke as many ideas out of ChatGPT as you can. When you’re satisfied with the plan, put it back into ChatGPT and ask if there are any more ideas it can come up with.
Getting ChatGPT to help research the book
This will really depend on the subject of the book you are writing. For my book about enhancing male creativity, I simply asked it for some examples of creative pastimes that men could indulge in. I got a slew of new ideas. And then, quite simply, I asked it to keep going and give me more ideas. I stopped when the ideas started decreasing in quality.
But, my book was looking a bit bland and prescriptive, I needed to mix things up a bit. It was all a bit samey.
I then remembered … people love stories. I tried to think of stories I could write and intersperse with the more prescriptive chapters in order to give the reader a breather. I could think of one. And then I asked ChatGPT the rest.
Can you think of some famous examples of where creativity or creative thinking had some huge practical or breakthrough result? The example I can think of is Einstein imaging he was travelling on a light beam, this creative thinking helped him come up with the General Theory of Relativity. Can you think of more really great and interesting examples like this?
After that, the rest of the research was done on Google. Never trust a ChatGPT fact, particularly when it’s the free version.
Write the book
This is the easy bit. I have my skeleton plan fleshed out. I have all the facts, all the research, all the websites and resources. I have the stories in a separate file. I then open a new Google Doc and write.
And write and write and write.
And I write the book. Not ChatGPT. This way I don’t have to worry about Amazon’s originality, content and plagiarism detectors flagging my script.
This are my words. This is my language coming directly from me to you via the digital page.
I write mostly on Google Docs which spellchecks and self-corrects as I go along, on an iPad in a noisy cafe while getting fat on lattes. It works for me.
Edit the book
I haven’t got to this stage yet but when I do I will be uncompromising when trimming the fat. I’ll cut unwarranted words, phrases, and paragraphs. I’ll move sections around so the narrative makes more sense. I’ll avoid repetition, correct errors and typos and keep it consistent so the book seems professional.
Format the book
I’ll be writing more about this in the future. I will publish the book in Kindle, paperback and audiobook formats. I’ll maybe pay to get the Kindle file created. I’ll do the paperback myself. And I’m thinking of getting the audiobook done by the AI text-to-voice tool at ElevenLabs, if Amazon is OK with AI voiceovers.
Please read this, I want your feedback!
The book’s going to be about how men (and everyone) can benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually from being more creative.
- Would you consider reading a book about enhancing your creativity?
- Can you think of any ways you’ve increased creativity in your life recently?
- What do you think about using AI to help with the creative process?
I would love to get your feedback about the book idea as well as about getting ChatGPT to help write the book. What do you think?